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12/23/14 11:15am
Minotaur Rocket

Minotaur Rocket by Tom Finzel, on Flickr

I’m asking our inaugural year-end question which is an important question for our readers — what topics or specific subjects would you like us to cover here in the coming year (2015)?

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I can’t guarantee we will hit every subject you propose, but I will read every comment and try our best. I remain committed to creating the best content in Alexandria, Virginia and making that content more accessible for readers.

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12/24/14 7:00pm

This December we’ve looked at the top 15 Holiday themed commercials of 2014. What we looked for in the commercials is the message of spreading happiness during the holiday season.

This one will give parents tears of joy.

In the video, elementary age kids are asked to write two letters for Christmas. One to The Three Kings (Spain’s equivalent to Santa Claus) and the other to their parents. The look on the kids faces when asked to write ‘The Other Letter’ is priceless. They struggle at first to come up with ideas for Mom and Dad but, then ask for the one thing hardest to come by and most often missing – time together.

The parents are shocked and break down and dissolve into tears when reading ‘The Other Letter’. The letter is a reminder not only of what our children want, but also what they need from us as parents. I hope it brings you some joy to watch it as it did to me this Holiday season.

What do you think of the commercial? Did you like our selections? Let us know below!

Top 15 Holiday Commercials

12/24/14 2:26pm

We’re looking at the top 15 Holiday themed commercials of 2014 this year. What we’re looking for in the commercials is the message of spreading happiness during the holiday season. This one from Canadian airline WestJet (Something they have done previously – here and here), is all about the spirit of giving at Christmas and spreading happiness as this time they surprise residents of a village in the Dominican Republic.

Any guesses on what the top commercial is (to be revealed tonight…)?

Top 15 Holiday Commercials

12/24/14 2:13pm

Parents! Santa Claus is coming soon to Alexandria, Virginia.

The official NORAD Santa Tracker is up and tracking the jolly man in red, allowing your family to track where Santa Claus has been and where he is headed next.

The tradition of tracking Santa began in 1955 when Sears, Roebuck & Co. accidentally printed the wrong phone number for kids to call Santa and the children ended up calling a hotline for the Continental Air Defense Command, now known as NORAD. NORAD, formed in 1958, took over the tradition.

The “NORAD Tracks Santa” app is also available for your Apple, Windows Phone, or Android. You can also follow where Santa Claus is on Twitter at @NORADSanta.

12/24/14 1:24pm
Interstellar

I finally got enough time in my schedule to go and see Interstellar, the new Matthew McConaughey sc-fi adventure, with my daughter last night at the local AMC Hoffman 22 in Alexandria. The movie is about a team of explorers who travel through interstellar space to save the human race.

The Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight, Memento, Inception, etc) film is a visually stunning moviegoing experience to see on the big screen and very well acted. My issues with the film were there was too much acting and not enough action for a sci-fi movie. I did appreciate that the movie makes you think. I thoroughly agree with this review at Screen Rant.

The movie is well worth the money if you like great cinematography on a big screen and real good acting.

Have you seen the movie? What were your thoughts on it?

12/24/14 10:53am

We’re looking at the top 15 Holiday themed commercials of 2014 this year. What we’re looking for in the commercials is the message of spreading happiness during the holiday season. This one from Apple  shows how a young woman uses Apple’s technology and her own creativity to restore a one-of-a-kind family memento into a priceless gift.

Any guesses on what the top 2 commercials are that are coming later today?

Top 15 Holiday Commercials